Forget Me Not - Memory Cafe
A new venture was started in the Swan Valley during 2019.
The Memory Café (now known as Forget Me Not Café) is a place where people living with
dementia, their family, their carers and friends, can come together and enjoy a chat, morning tea and some friendship.
It is important for people living with dementia and their family and carers to socialise because it provides a social connection to address the feeling of isolation, sometimes experienced as a result of a dementia diagnosis.
“You don’t need to travel your journey alone, you have others travelling the same journey, who can share your ups and downs.”
The Memory Café was set up by Jan O’Shea, with assistance of parishioner friends from All Saints and St Mary's Churches and other interested friends. The café was established with the help of Dementia Australia (Perth office) and their guidelines, which were very helpful and informative.
Our first meeting /get together was held before Xmas (2019) and we had a very happy group, with our morning tea donated by the Bendigo Bank, and mince pies donated by a friend.
Jan O'Shea and friends at the Dementia Cafe
Our meetings are held at the Minchin Centre opposite St Mary's Church, Yule Ave Middle Swan. The meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.
We have small activities for interested people, music provided by a member who plays the harmonica, chatter, laughs, morning tea, and lots of friendship and fun.
If you are interested or know of anyone who could benefit from the Memory Café, please come along or ring 0419850633 for more information.